Reviewers love the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel, a product designed to be layered over any existing yoga mat to prevent your hands and feet from slipping. The Yogitoes yoga towel measures 24 inches by 68 inches (a larger 25-by-80-inch version is also available), and it includes small silicone nubs that keep the towel from bunching on your yoga mat. According to reviews, the Yogitoes is a must-have for Bikram or hot yoga or for those who are constantly slipping on their yoga mat. Users report increased stability and are pleased that the towel doesn't bunch or move while on the mat. Reviewers say the towel provides a great non-slip surface, but some complain that the towel isn't truly non-slip until it is damp. As a result, some users mist it with water before beginning their poses. The Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel is machine washable, but reviewers caution that the darker colors continue to bleed even after several washes.
A number of yoga devotees review the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel, but the best information comes from Amazon.com, which hosts nearly 300 individual reviews. Professional reviews at The New York Times, Health magazine and About.com are also useful, and we found balanced analysis at the Om Shanti yoga blog.
Nearly 300 owners give the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel extremely high ratings at Amazon.com. Users say the towel helps prevent them from slipping, which allows them to feel sturdier and hold poses longer than they could otherwise. However, several reviewers note that the towel bleeds easily in the washing machine.
Review: Yogitoes Skidless Premium Mat-Size Yoga Towel, Contributors to Amazon.com
2. Om Shanti: A Yoga Blog
The editor of the Om Shanti yoga blog gives the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel an overall grade of A-. "The skidless is a practically must-have if you do any form of vigorous yoga, such as vinyasa flow, ashtanga, Bikram, etc.," he says. However, he notes that it is not as slip-free when dry.
Review: Yoga Product Review: Skidless By Yogitoes, "Eugene", July 16, 2007
3. The New York Times
A gear tester for The New York Times likes how well the silicone nubs on the Yogitoes towel stick to her yoga mat, but she finds that it doesn't absorb as much sweat as other yoga towels she's used.
Review: Gear Test, Hot Yoga Clothes, Winter Miller, Sept. 2, 2009
Su Reid-St. John, the fitness editor for Health magazine, is impressed with how stable she feels while using the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel, especially when her hands get sweaty. She calls it "indispensable" for hot yoga, but notes that it is expensive and you still have to buy or rent a separate yoga mat.
Review: Gear Guide: Yogitoes Skidless Yoga Towel, Su Reid-St. John, Oct. 6, 2010
Ann Pizer, About.com's guide to yoga, gives the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel a 4-star rating (out of 5). She discusses the benefits of the yoga towel, but gives little information on usability. Pizer also notes that, in addition to its non-slip properties, the towel will help keep your mat clean. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Yogitoes Skidless Towel, Ann Pizer, March 7, 2010
The Yogitoes towel also gets high marks in more than 20 user reviews compiled by Buzzillions.com. Users say the towel helps prevent them from slipping, and most find it a comfortable and sturdy addition to their yoga practice. The biggest complaint mentioned in reviews is that the towel bleeds easily in the wash.
Review: Yogitoes Yoga Skidless Towel, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
The anonymous editor of MyYogaMats.com highly recommends the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel, saying it provides more grip than other yoga towels. She recommends choosing a light color because she also has problems with the darker colors bleeding in the wash.
Review: Yogitoes Skidless Premium Mat Size Yoga Towel: If You Sweat a Lot in Yoga Class, Get This!, Editor of MyYogaMats.com, May 17, 2009